MECEP urges the agency to adopt strong rules to "protect borrowers, especially those who can least afford it, from crippling loan debt"
AUGUSTA - The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) today praised the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for releasing a working draft of a proposal to rein in abusive low-dollar lending schemes such as payday, auto title and installment lending.
Volunteers needed to fish ponds and coastal streams in search of wild brook trout
STATEWIDE - Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) are seeking volunteer anglers to survey remote Maine ponds and coastal streams for brook trout this fishing season. Information gathered by volunteers will be used to identify populations of previously-undocumented wild brook trout across the state.
Theft crimes committed by a person under 21 may be excluded from criminal records
AUGUSTA - A measure that would limit the dissemination of criminal records for very low-level crimes, such as shoplifting, committed by a person under the age of 21 received support during a public hearing in the state’s Judiciary Committee today.
Funding available because of local food bill Pingree wrote
WASHINGTON D.C. - Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that multiple Maine organizations have been awarded funding through the USDA's Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI), a new program that was proposed in Congresswoman Pingree's Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act and included in the Farm Bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2014.
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